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This is a great time to take charge of your heart health and look at ways to lower cholesterol!
1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women will develop heart disease sometime in their life. Research has clearly shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Whether you have heart disease already or want to prevent it, you can reduce your risk for having a heart attack by lowering your cholesterol level.
It is important to pay attention to exercise, and a proper diet that is low on foods that contain cholesterol and saturated fats. That means eating better and improving lifestyle. Speak to your health care provider at BodaHealth to make sure your cholesterol is being monitored and find out how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you stay healthy.
Reduce Risk with TCM
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are both used to address high cholesterol.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many of the health conditions that are known to drastically increase the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.
Here are a few of the risk factors that can be addressed with acupuncture:
* High Blood Pressure
* Excess weight
Several Chinese herbs and herbal formulas are used to lower cholesterol levels. For example, Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) also known as Hawthorn berry, have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
Most herbal medicines are a blend of herbs specifically chosen for each individual. Please talk to your practitioner at BodaHealth about which herbal formulas and supplements for high cholesterol and heart health are right for you.
Causes of High Cholesterol
How foods in your diet can cause LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels to rise:
* Saturated fats, a type of fat found mostly in foods that come from animals;
* Trans fats, found mostly in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats such as stick margarine, crackers, and French fries.
*Excesive refined carbohydrates
Learn how to read a food label - Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
Excess weight tends to increase your LDL level. Also, it typically raises triglycerides, a fatty substance in the blood and in food and lowers HDL. Losing the extra pounds may help lower your LSL and triglycerides, while raising your HDL.
Being physically inactive contributes to overweight and can raise LDL and lower HDL. Regular physical activity can raise HDL and lower triglycerides, and can help you lose weight and, in that way, help lower your LDL.
Participate in physical activity of moderate intensity—like brisk walking—for at least 30 minutes on most, and preferably all, days of the week. No time? Break the 30 minutes into three, 10-minute segments during the day.
Don't smoke. If you do smoke, contact BodaHealth to discuss ways in which acupuncture can help you quit.
Your Cholesterol Level
You can have high cholesterol and not realize it. Most of the people with high cholesterol have no symptoms. So it's important to have your blood cholesterol levels checked. All adults age 20 and older should have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years. If you have an elevated cholesterol, you'll need to have it tested more often.
Setting your Goal
The main goal in treating high cholesterol is to lower your LDL level. Studies have proven that lowering LDL can prevent heart attacks and reduce deaths from heart disease in both men and women.